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Republican supports tax breaks for BP!!! PANIC!!!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

We’ve spent a few days in a seemingly never ending series of posts analyzing the stupidity of Congressman John Dingell’s attack website against his opponent Rob Steele.

Today’s final entry begins with a laughable attempt to once again make Steele appear too rich to understand regular Americans.

Steele apparently has “an 8000 ft square home.”  That’s a big house.  One worthy of a successful doctor.  But, it’s how they express the amount of land that he has that is so laughable.  He lives on “653,400 square feet of land.”  Now, when have you ever heard anyone express the amount of their property in square feet?

Why not just say “15 acres”?  Because 653,400 square feet seems even bigger, of course!  Why not just say he lives on 607,028,463 square centimeters of land?  That will really make him seem out of touch!

There’s not much on the site that actually addresses policy, but the right column attempts to…poorly.  For example it says Steele “actually signed a pledge promising to protect tax breaks for companies that outsource American jobs.”   It’s important to note what they’re saying here—Rob Steele is so dedicated to this cause that he actually SIGNED A PLEDGE about it.   That becomes important in a minute.

But, did Steele really sign a pledge not to give tax breaks to companies that outsource?  No.  What he signed is the American’s for Tax Reform pledge-which says he won’t RAISE taxes on ANY COMPANY.   So, for Dingell to be right, you have to believe that promising not to raise taxes is a “tax break.”  Sound like a stretch?

Also, the pledge does not single out companies that “outsource American jobs.”   It simply says that someone who signs it will “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates” and the “elimination of deductions” for “businesses.”

See the logic here?

1) Steele says he won’t raise taxes on any businesses.

2) Businesses that outsource are businesses.

3) Steele supports tax breaks for businesses that outsource.

I’m not sure why Dingell stopped there.  By this standard he could also say “Rob Steele supports tax breaks for strip clubs, fronts for the mob, and puppy mills.  And even BP!”

Oh wait, he actually does say the BP part.

That same pledge that Steele would even put taxpayers on the hook for cleaning up messes like the disastrous BP oil spill.

To review:

1) Steele says he won’t raise taxes on any businesses.

2) BP is a business.

3) Steele supports tax breaks for BP.

And you have to love this bit of mental gymnastics:

Steele would hurt working families by supporting a budget that makes deep cuts in programs that help working families - middle class families will see their taxes raised

(emphasis mine)

Rob Steele is going to raise taxes on middle class families!!!  But wait-remember that pledge that Rob is so dedicated too?  The whole text is-

Taxpayer Protection Pledge

I, _______________, pledge to the taxpayers of the _____ district

of the state of__________, and to the American people that I will:

ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and

credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

You see, if Rob Steele is really dedicated to this pledge, he can’t raise taxes on individuals either.  So, we’re supposed to believe that Steele has a maniacal dedication to the business part of the pledge, but will immediately break the part of the pledge about individuals.  Or maybe, he’ll just raise taxes on families but let single people skate.  Or maybe he’ll just won’t raise taxes on people with the last name “Individuals.” Something like that.

John Dingell’s race probably isn’t  worth as much time as I’ve spent on him the past few posts, but it’s such a sloppy example of the typical politics we’ve come to expect from Washington, that I couldn’t resist.  As of now, the site still exists-check it out at and see the rest for yourself.

Don’t worry.  There’s plenty of other idiocy left there to pick apart-I skipped the whole Rob Steele = George W Bush section.  So imaginative!

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